Why does my cat bite and kick?

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Anyone who has lived with a cat knows how extremely affectionate and good companions they are. But despite this, it is surely not the first time that the situation occurs in which you are calmly stroking your cat and it begins to bite you, grab your hand tightly with its claws and kick you furiously, as if it were a fight..

This situation generates a lot of confusion in many owners, and gives arguments in favor of those people who believe that cats are unfriendly and unloving animals. Even so, as you will see in this AnimalWised article, there is an explanation to why does your cat bite and kick you, and understanding this behavior will be of vital importance for a harmonious coexistence with your furry.

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  1. Why does my cat bite and kick me?
  2. My cat bites and kicks me when I pet him
  3. Is my cat aggressive?
  4. What to do if my cat bites and kicks me?

Why does my cat bite and kick me?

The bite, as well as the kicks, are part of the behaviour natural of the cat since this is a puppy. And it is that, this behavior that puppies exercise while playing, serves as a workout for when they are adults and have to hunt and defend themselves. Therefore, during this stage, it is about nothing more and nothing less than a game and, therefore, it is not aggressive behavior, as we also explained in the article ¿Why does my cat bite me?

However, ¿What happens when this behavior goes on for too long? The truth is that it is not strange that adult domestic cats play or show this behavior despite not being puppies, since the game provides them with a necessary stimulation similar to that they would have when hunting in the wild. In a way, domestic cats that have been raised with humans from a young age, retain many puppy behaviors, such as the aforementioned game, or asking us to feed them similar to how they would ask their mother.

However, when the cat bites and kicks painfully and without warning, it is certainly worrying, as many owners wonder if their cats do not like them or if they are aggressive. Now, the truth is that most of the time, we are faced with a learning problem.

That is, when this behavior has become problematic, it usually happens because the way of acting with your cat when it was a puppy has not been the most appropriate, it has not been taught to inhibit the bite, and even, it has prompted to play this way, Well, being a puppy, it's funny. But now that the cat is adult, what used to be harmless funny kicks and bites have become a problem. In addition, the fact that the cat has been prematurely separated from his mother and brothers, because thanks to the interaction with them, the puppy learns not to bite disproportionately, since little by little he realizes that it hurts.

My cat bites and kicks me when I pet him

At times, it may happen that you find yourself relaxed stroking your cat, and it unannouncedly becomes upset and begins to attack you furiously, biting and scratching you with its hind legs. In this unexpected situation, surely your feline has been upset, since you have crossed the line on what he tolerates and what he does not. That is, it may be that he was confident and suddenly you have touched him part of the body you don't like, such as their belly, for it is a very vulnerable area for them. It should be noted that if your cat has never performed this behavior before when touching an area of ​​his body, but now you have noticed him especially surly when you touch him, it may mean that he is suffering pain (in addition to if you observe other strange behaviors or changes in habits), so it would be advisable to take him to the vet.

It is not strange either that if your cat is calm and wants to remain alone, it will get angry if you touch it. It is therefore important to understand the body language of the cat, since it will surely have you previously advised who wants you to leave him alone. Otherwise, if not you respect their limits, conflict may start.

Is my cat aggressive?

Usually not. Hardly when we are faced with a cat that bites and kicks doing damage does it mean that it is aggressive. As we have seen, many times this happens due to not being educated correctly or due to a lack of understanding about it..

Now, aggressive behavior could be due to afraid, Especially if your cat has not been properly socialized with people since childhood and if he is not familiar with petting. Fear also has a strong predisposition genetics, that can be fostered by the environment in which they grew up and the life experiences, such as if you have ever experienced pain due to human contact (when picking up or stroking a sensitive area).

Finally, it would not be strange for a cat to have an aggressive behavior specifically with a single individual from home, because the furry has had negative experiences with this person, or that he is clinging only to his caregiver and is fearful of the rest.

If you feel that your feline's behavior has changed, you can consult this other AnimalWised article about ¿Why has my cat become aggressive??

What to do if my cat bites and kicks me?

Whatever the situation in this article, you must understand that the cat does not carry out the aggression with evil. That is, in case you have done a bad learning, this does it because he doesn't know what hurts you. And if the aggressiveness is done because he is annoyed with you or is afraid, he performs said behavior with the intention that you get away from him, and the most likely thing is that go away if he is not cornered. Therefore, we must insist that NEVER fight or physically abuse to a cat, because apart from being cruel, we will only make it fear us, seriously aggravating the problem.

1. Be still

In the event that your cat bites you, holding you tightly with its claws and kicking you with its hind legs, you must arm yourself with patience and remain completely still. On the contrary, any movement you make will only exalt him more and, for this reason, will invite him to continue playing or will take it as a threat in case he is afraid..

2. Do not talk or caress him

What's more, it will be contradictory that you talk to him, Well, it can be taken as something positive, much less that you caress it. In this case, it is best to react by saying a "¡ay! ”and stop the game, In this way, he will learn that every time he bites hard the fun ends, and he will learn to play in a more proportionate way in the same way as he would learn with his mother and puppy brothers, because when they play with each other and bite too hard, they quickly react by showing pain and moving away.

It should be noted that it is not advisable to play with our cat with your hands, as it has to be measuring all the time. For this reason, you should offer your cat toys with which he can carry out this behavior at ease and get tired, such as stuffed animals or rods, so that he will no longer be tempted to do it with you. Here we leave you an article about Toys for adult cats, ¿which to choose?

3. Understand your cat

If your cat bites and kicks you when petting him because he does not tolerate caresses, either because at that moment he prefers to be alone or is afraid of us, it will be important for you to know interpret their body language to know when it is more or less receptive. If you start by knowing their limits and avoiding excesses, you will have already taken a very important step, since many cats in the long term can become really surly and reluctant to human contact if we do not know how to understand them and we treat them, literally, like stuffed animals.

For more information, you can consult this other AnimalWised article on The behavior of cats..

4. Let him get closer to you, and not the other way around

Next, you must change your usual way of interacting with him. For this reason, to start building a bond of trust, let your cat start the interaction with you, because in this way, you will know that when it is he approaches you of his own free will, It is because he is really interested in you listening to him. You can even try to motivate him with a reward, that is, work on positive reinforcement in cats, since in this way he will associate you with something positive and put aside the negative experiences that he may have had in the past..

5. Stroke him on the head and back

Finally, when you caress him, you should always do it with gently and slowly, avoiding the areas which they do not like to be touched, such as the belly or the legs. Preferably, caress the top of head and, progressively (as you see that your cat is not bothered by human contact), go along the back, as this is where most cats love to be scratched.

In this other AnimalWised article, we explain in more detail ¿How to pet a cat? As well as the ways in which you should not pet it.

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